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Explore gastronomy and culture in the Basque Country
The Basque Country, or Euskadi as it is known locally, is located in the North-East of Spain, bordered by the Pyrenees and France to the east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the north. This region was once entirely independent from the rest of Spain, and still maintains a fierce national pride and distinct cultural traditions, including local culinary traditions. Holiday homes in the Basque Country range from central city apartments to large houses with a pool and stunning coastal views. A Basque Country holiday is well suited to travellers who enjoy culture, nature, and gastronomy.
What to see and do from your holiday home in the Basque Country
The Basque Country has much to offer for all types of visitors: families, couples, and groups will all find plenty to explore here. From adventurous excursions, to cultural highlights, coastal scenery and culinary delights, there is something for everyone here.
Historic cities and towns in the Basque Country
From your holiday home in the Basque Country in France, you can explore the region’s historic cities, towns, and villages. The region’s largest city, San Sebastian, is a beautiful city sitting on a lovely bay, with historic cobblestone streets, coast side views, and phenomenal restaurants and tapas bars. The Basque capital, Vitoria-Gasteiz, is a lovely city with a beautiful medieval town square and a 13th century Gothic cathedral. The region’s other major city is Bilbao, which is famous for being home to the world-class Guggenheim museum.
Beyond the big cities, you will find many small towns with quaint medieval streets, such as Laguardia, conveniently situated in the heart of wine country if you are in the mood for some wine tasting. Alternatively, visit the village of Gernika, considered to be the heart of the traditional Basque Country. Along the coast between Bilbao and San Sebastian, you will find a number of picturesque fishing villages, such as Lekeitio and Getaria.
Explore the Basque Country’s unique architecture
One of the region’s most famous sites is the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, which is not only a fine art museum, but also an architectural structure worth visiting in its own right. Designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry, the building was inaugurated in 1997. Its inimitable shape made up of a number of undulating and geometric forms is a tribute to the history of Bilbao as a port and shipbuilding centre.
Another example of amazing modern Basque architecture is the Euskalduna Conference Center and Concert Hall, also located in Bilbao. To see historical architecture, visit San Sebastian's Church of Saint Mary's Heart, Bilbao's Santiago Cathedral, and the Plaza of the White Virgin in Vittoria.
Excursions from your holiday apartment in the Basque Country
There are countless sights to explore from your Basque Country holiday home. History buffs will delight in the 9th century Church of Saint John of Gazteligatxe, a religious site that is also an important regional landmark overlooking the Bay of Biscay. Visitors trek across a historic footbridge and up a couple hundred steps to visit the church and take in the sweeping views.
Surfers should head to the area of Mundaka for great surf breaks, as many consider the local beaches to be amongst the best surfing spots in Europe. Wine lovers, on the other hand, will delight in exploring the wine-producing region of La Rioja, where you can sample fine red wines as well as Txakoli, a dry sparkling white wine typical in this region.
Pinxtos and other Basque culinary specialities
The Basque region is famous for its delicious Pinxtos – small plates of food similar to tapas, which can be found in any bar. These delicious bite-sized meals are quite different to the tapas found in the rest of Spain, reflecting the local produce and culture of the region. Basque Pinxtos typically include sheep’s and goat’s cheeses, salt cod, fresh anchovies, grilled lamb, and piquillo peppers.
Along with amazing food found in casual bars, you will find many fine restaurants serving local specialities such as fish grilled over hot coals, lamb stews, and bean dishes. With fresh food for sale everywhere, it is easy to buy Iberian ham, goat's cheese, or salt cod, and enjoy a simple meal in your holiday apartment in the Basque Country.
Popular destinations and neighbouring locations
On the French side of the Basque Country, you will find Saint-Jean-de-Luz, a picturesque fishing town that is home to the famous Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church. Nearby is the resort town of Bidart, which offers leisure and outdoor activities such as golf, horseback riding, hiking, and surfing. On the French side of the border, you will also find the village of Anglet with its excellent surfing spots. In fact, Anglet has a total of eleven good surfing beaches, as well as a seafront promenade with hotels, bars, and restaurants.
How to travel to the Basque Country
To get to your holiday home in the Basque Country from the UK, you have the option to travel by air, or by car. There are international airports located in Bilbao, San Sebastian, and Biarritz. The most regular daily flights go from London to Bilbao. You also have the option of flying to Madrid, and then taking a 4 to 5 hour bus ride to the Basque Country.
To drive from the UK to the Basque Country, you can park your car on the Eurotunnel train from Folkestone to Calais, and then drive for about 10 hours to reach the Basque country. Pleasant French towns en route to break up the journey are Tours, La Rochelle, and Bordeaux. Having a car with you will make it easier to explore the villages, sights, and landscapes in the area. Alternatively, you could fly to Bilbao or San Sebastian, and rent a car at the airport for the duration of your holiday.
The best time to book a holiday home in the Basque Country
The best months to visit the Basque Country are April, May, and September. The spring weather is sunny and warm without being unbearably hot, and there are a number of arts and culture events in Bilbao throughout the month of May. The autumn harvest in September makes it the perfect time to sample local wine and cider in the region. The climate is cool in the winter months, warm in the summer, and pleasant in the spring and autumn.
Getaria, Basque Country
Holiday apartment for max. 4 personsProperty no. 1705106
from USD 1,082for 1 weekApprox. 86 m², 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, pets not allowed, TV, Complete Wifi coverage, washing machine, dishwasher, non-smoking property, sandy beach approx. 50 m, sea approx. 60 m, sauna, sea/lake view
Bermeo, Basque Country
Holiday apartment for max. 4 personsProperty no. 1649471
from USD 537for 1 weekApprox. 60 m², 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, pets are allowed (max. 1), TV, Complete Wifi coverage, washing machine, dishwasher, non-smoking property, shingle beach approx. 50 m, Half-timbered house
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